A new look on the blog, and yes, what has not changed is the oodles of good stuff to explore on the regular This & That post. From books on understanding and utilizing the power of the knowledge of our emotions for a better life, a much anticipated French film premieres in the states, a new British series starring Claire Foy for which she is receiving high praise, candles that also offer seeds for your garden, how to work smarter, not longer, a new series starring Stanley Tucci and so much more.
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—Emotional: How Our Feelings Shape Our Thinking by Leonard Mlodinow
Being released on January 11, a book sharing insight into “extraordinary advances in psychology and neuroscience [that] have proven that emotions are as critical to our well-being as thinking. Using deep insights into our evolution and biology, Mlodinow gives us the tools to understand our emotions better and to maximize their benefits. Told with his characteristic clarity and fascinating stories, Emotional explores the new science of feelings and offers us an essential guide to making the most of one of nature’s greatest gifts.” (Amazon, Bookshop)
—Joan Is Okay: A Novel by Weike Wang
Much anticipated by critics and readers, being released on January 18th next week, Joan is Okay centers around “Joan, a thirtysomething ICU doctor at a busy New York City hospital. The daughter of Chinese parents who came to the United States to secure the American dream for their children, Joan is intensely devoted to her work, happily solitary, successful. She does look up sometimes and wonder where her true roots lie: at the hospital, where her white coat makes her feel needed, or with her family, who try to shape her life by their own cultural and social expectations . . . Deceptively spare yet quietly powerful, laced with sharp humor, Joan Is Okay touches on matters that feel deeply resonant: being Chinese-American right now; working in medicine at a high-stakes time; finding one’s voice within a dominant culture; being a woman in a male-dominated workplace; and staying independent within a tight-knit family. But above all, it’s a portrait of one remarkable woman so surprising that you can’t get her out of your head.” (Amazon, Bookshop)
Released in October, in Thursday is the New Friday, author Joe Sanok “offers the exercises, tools, and training that have helped thousands of professionals—from authors and scholars to business leaders and innovators—create the schedule they want, resulting in less work, greater income, and more time for what they most desire”.(Amazon, Bookshop)
—A Very British Scandal, mini-series
Starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy from The Crown, and Paul Bettany as Duke and Duchess of Argyll, the BBC One TV mini-series A Very British Scandal depicts “the story of events surrounding their notorious divorce during the 1960s.” Have a look at the trailer below and look for it on BBC One now and hopefully soon HBO Max and Amazon Prime.
—The Comfortable Kitchen: 105 Laid-Back, Healthy and Wholesome Recipes by Alex Snodgrass
Released in late December and already a bestseller on the WSJ and the New York Times books list, New York Times bestselling author of The Defined Dish Alex Snodgrass, shares recipes designed to bring joy into that display of affection, from your own comfort cooking to your loved ones’ delight at the delicious flavors . . . Alex brings back the joy of being in the kitchen for those at all levels of cooking skill and provides food for every occasion, with soups, salads, pasta, vegetarian and non-vegetarian mains, apps, and sides ranging from one-pot meals to not-so-junky junk food–and even cocktails and desserts–with recipes including: Cajun Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Green Curry Poached Halibut with Herb, and Herby Green Olive Pasta with Feta.” (Amazon, Bookshop)
—Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well by Pellegrino Artusi
Upon reading/listening to Stanley Tucci’s bestselling memoir Taste: My Life With Food, he mentions a cookbook that must be in any cook’s kitchen library if they enjoy making pasta dishes, and its title is Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. First published in 1891, yep, in the 19th century, “Pellegrino Artusi’s La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangier bene has come to be recognized as the most significant Italian cookbook of modern times. It was reprinted thirteen times and had sold more than 52,000 copies in the years before Artusi’s death in 1910, with the number of recipes growing from 475 to 790 . . . Artusi’s masterpiece is not merely a popular cookbook; it is a landmark work in Italian culture.” (Amazon, Bookshop)
Over the past summer I remember hearing about the Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit would be coming to Portland, Oregon. Regrettably, I forgot about it, but then was reminded of it again recently and took note that the exhibit will run through February 12th. If you have yet to experience this unique presentation of Van Gogh’s classic works and will be in NW Oregon, be sure to visit. Tickets are on discount at the moment.
Mentioned in August during TSLL’s annual French Week, the film critics are loving and food lovers and Francophiles cannot wait to see, Délicieux (or Delicious in the states) which will premiere today. Look for it in theaters and soon, I hope, on streaming services. Check out the trailer below.
—My Stylish French Box, February (La Cuisine!)
Food and France – they just go together. Or should I say good, satiating, eyes-rolling-back-into-your-head delicious Food and France just go together. 🙂 Sharon Santoni’s seasonal Stylish French Box will be sending out the next shipment in February, and this time the theme is La Cuisine. I have received this similar themed box in years past and am still using many of the items I was surprised and delighted to find upon opening the box. Place your order soon as boxes do sell out, and be sure to use the promo code thesimplyluxuriouslife.
Found at Food52, “these produce-scented candles arrive in biodegradable, seed-infused packaging that lets you grow the plant the candle is based on. Each one is hand-poured from sustainably sourced, clean-burning soy wax.”
If you have cool undertones when it comes to your skin, Fuchsia is a beautiful statement color to add to your wardrobe, and this knit top from DVF is comfortable and timeless in its design.
—PLANNING AHEAD FOR SUMMER: Vince Stripe Twist Front Halter Dress, navy and white
Admittedly, this dress won’t be a feasible choice at the moment, but I am looking ahead to summer and travel and leisure and THIS dress fits the bill to a “T”. Pair with leather Tropézienne sandals, a floppy wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses and a market tote, and I am all about it. (oh, and the sunscreen. don’t forget the sunscreen.)
—White + Warren Striped Cashmere Scarf (on sale)
Back to winter. This colorful cashmere striped scarf would be ideal to pair with your neutral winter coats. And it’s on sale.
—La Fortuna, series
Premiering on AMC+ next Thursday, the 20th of January, the true adventure story about the Spanish ship La Fortuna is told in a mini-series on the streaming service AMC+. “Alex Ventura, a young and inexperienced diplomat, has inadvertently become the leader of a mission that will test all of his convictions: to recover the undersea treasure stolen by adventurer Frank Wild (Stanley Tucci)”. Have a look at the trailer below.
Welcome to the first This & That in TSLL’s new home.
This first week has been quite special as readers’ enthusiastic response overwhelmingly made the work over the past eight months more than worth it. Thank you to all the readers who provided feedback along the way sharing what would make your reading experience better while visiting TSLL. We also tended to a few small details brought to our attention by readers, so hopefully everything is now working as is designed. From the new features of the library of favorite posts, the addition of tailored Comment Notifications so you can engage with each other and myself easily and speaking of This & That, this post will always have its own home on the homepage. When you go back to the homepage, scroll down about a third of the way, and there you will see the most recent This & That as well as the introductory paragraph sharing what you will find when you click-through.
Okay, but back to reflecting on the week. The above image is a pic captured in the finished primary bathroom shower at Le Papillon (shop these traditional Marseille Soaps made with a minimum of 72% olive oil – I purchase mine from this company). Yep, we made it. The bathroom is complete (sans the wallpaper I am waiting for as I ran out of it, as many of you already know – argh!). The first shower experience this week was, I’ll just say it, luxurious, and it was indeed worth the wait. Having wrapped up work with the larger contracting crew, I am now just tending to small finishing touches – soft-close doors, paint touch-ups as well as caulking – with my one most-trusted contractor who stepped in mid-way through the project and just brought a steady calm and clear communication to the entire process. Needless to say, I cannot wait to share a full detailed tour with TOP Tier Members in March, and I will share a glimpse of the finished space in tomorrow’s Saturday Ponderings . . ., so be sure to stop by.
The weekend will find me staying home, thoroughly cleaning the house and doing the final read-thrus of TSLL’s 3rd book – The Road to Le Papillon: Daily Meditations on True Contentment (did you see the cover, did you check out the trailer? You can do so here). Learn more about when and where you can purchase your own copy here.
Norman and I went snowshoeing again this week as well as soaked up sun and gawked at the green grass in the lawn as there is no more snow in town (but the mountain is doing well). I hope you are looking ahead to a wonderful weekend. Thank you for choosing to stop by and do enjoy perusing around the new design. If you would like to take a guided video tour of all that is new – you can watch it here.
Below are a handful of articles to enjoy and until tomorrow, bonne journée.
—American writer living in Britain Jo Rodgers and her husband have spent the past four years renovating a 19th century London flat and readers can now take a tour. It’s quite lovely [Vogue]
~I especially appreciated #6 . . .and #7 and well, all of them – 7 Powerful Yet Simple Metaphors that Change the Way You Think [Marc and Angel]
~If you are trying to figure out how to increase the quality and reduce the quantity of work, you will appreciate this article by Financial Samurai – The Average House Worked Per Week Show Why It’s Easy to Get Ahead
~Having stayed and enjoyed my time at two of the Boutique Hotels on this list, I recommend saving this post if such accommodations are your preference while staying in Paris – The Best Boutique Hotels in Paris: Hidden Addresses [HiP Paris]
~The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant, regal and as a breath of fresh air in her portrait series shared this week in celebration of her 40th birthday. Read about the story behind Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen Birthday Gowns [Vogue UK]
~Good news! France is beginning to relax UK travel restrictions [The Local]
~Speaking of France, Follow the footsteps of French Artists Across France [The Local]
~One more taking us to France – 12 Useful tips for your next visit to a French Food Market [David Lebovitz]
~This article just caught my eye when I saw the headline – Why Prima Ballerinas Are Turning Away from the Tutu [The Guardian]
~I believe this may be true – Cable TV is the New Landline [The New York Times]
~9 Ways to Get (and Stay) Present as an Overthinking Introvert [Introvert, Dear]
~While we are now a couple weeks removed from New Year celebrations, you may be thinking you should have made resolutions. Nope, hold firm and read this article for confirmation – New Year’s Resolutions Are Not the Vibe for 2022 [The Atlantic]
~But, I think we all want to make this year great, so how about reading this article – The Secrets of Successful Aging in 2022 [The New York Times]
~How to live in less fear [Shondaland]
~This Norwegian film has been getting quite a bit of buzz. And while not out yet (look for it in limited release on February 4th), already I am greatly anticipating watching it. Have a look at the trailer below and follow Julie (Renate Reinsve) over the course of four years in a new modern dramedy “about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo. Julie navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.”
Check out the previous This & That: January 7, 2022